What is the Real Danger?

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Thu, Aug 14, 2014 - 12:31am

Looking at today's headlines, whether mainstream press or alternatives such as zerohedge and the other terrific independent blogs, instantly creates an imminent sensation that the world is in turmoil, to say the least. No one can rationally debate that point. I write this following Robin Williams' death by suicide, and I want to try to have a conversation about some things that we just do not address too much here in this space. No, it is not a sappy piece, or a political piece, ala Rush Limbaugh. Nothing of the sort. Let's look at it from a different angle.

But, let's drill down and do what I love to do: let's compare things for perspective.

On one side of the globe, we have the traditional Western Civilization. It is beyond dispute that such civilization is governed by central powers, ostensibly selected through independent and legitimate voting of the citizenry, resulting in policy debates between the titans and their ilk, whether government or banking, each clashing for dominance. At its core, banking, through fiat paper currency, is the critical institution. Without it, power disperses to the people. Control of the banking has resulted in control of the masses. Again, this point cannot reasonably be debated.

Now, let us contrast this with the rest of the globe.

In the developing world, which many will agree is generally comprised of those places other than Europe and North America, perhaps parts of Asia, such as Latin America, Africa, and as well, parts of Asia, and the Middle East in particular and eastward in general, those parts of the world are just not at the same stage of progress as is found in Western Civilization. This point is what defines the difference for our comparison purposes in this thought exercise.

Now having these two conceptually different societies in mind, let us ask some questions. One comes readily to mind: which society is more dangerous to an individual from the perspective of shortened life expectancy?

That necessarily requires a definition of dangerous. Dangerous as I use it means anything that unnaturally shortens one's lifespan, whether physically, mentally, or otherwise.

Western Civilization:

There are tons of statistics and data. Go on a quest and read if one wants to fall asleep. Here is one source:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de3259be81e52e95191ab7806/files/HAG2013.pdf

What is the number one killer?

Here are the others:

  • Cancer: 576,691
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,943
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,932
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 126,438
  • Alzheimer's disease: 84,974
  • Diabetes: 73,831
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,826
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,591
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 39,518

But, I noticed some things were missing. What are the number of deaths from war or war related mental distress? What about drug overdoses, or drug abuse (from illegal drugs or otherwise)? What about homelessness and death caused from abusing one's body as a result of being homeless?

Looking at the list, physical trauma (accidents and intentional self harm) accounts for ten percent of the deaths, on a rough estimate, while diseases of the body and mind are the overwhelming causes of death.

So we have advanced in the Western Civilization to the point that we don't die off as rapidly as our predecessors did, or from the same physical trauma-related reasons, but is our modern lifestyle equally dangerous to our longevity as the physical trauma-related causes of death were to our ancestors?

What about the third world countries, or the developing countries? Is it better to have a functioning electric grid, only to die from cancer from the PCB's used in generating the power? Is the fast-paced nature of modern civilization overstressing the capability of the body to handle stress to the point that disease and mental instability result? Where is the balancing point?

I write this post as we are approaching the end of the Keynesian experiment. Clearly, the world is becoming more hostile. People are dying, from atrocious, unspeakable horrors, and the world is now witnessing the onset of a new global pandemic, that does not discriminate, Ebola. How can the health care providers fall ill at an ever-increasing hyperbolic rate and yet those in charge say all is contained? Is this the same "containment" that Bernanke referenced when he said that subprime home loans were contained?

It is time to ask piercing questions, and not accept the trite, status quo responses from those in charge.

We see first hand news accounts of the militarization of the police forces, ironically in Ferguson, MO, of all places. We need only look and listen, and realize that this that we see and hear could be our very own communities when there is a spark of anger that flashes into community outrage.

Things are not "contained." Western Civilization is not "recovering." We are only completing the trajectory set into motion in 1914. Pay attention.

Things are converging rapidly. The spread of untreatable disease. War. Initiation of hostilities in formerly, supposedly, "mission accomplished" former theaters of war. Radical, violent extremists, openly antagonistic, without shame or fear, taunting those in the west. How could this be if all was contained?

So, back to the initial question: which society is more dangerous?

In classic lawyer-speak, well, "it depends."

I am so glad that Chris Martenson wrote his fantastic piece. Thanks to Mr. TF for letting us all share it. He lays it out pretty well. There is the hegemon, and there is everyone else. Those that have resources, are at risk, meaning those people in places where the hegemon seeks to take resources, best be wary. The hegemon will not invade, no, far from it. They will come bearing gifts, IMF, loans, US multinational corporations, all there to take resources. Understand that, and do not stand in their way, for they have drones and other implements of danger. Those that have energy, they can exist peacefully, so long as they never, ever, not once, threaten to turn away from the US dollar. Keeping that in mind, the people of those energy-rich countries are just pawns, and have no real choices. For them, stay out of the way, and live a simple, long life.

For everyone else, in the western civilization, well, about the only thing one can do is be vigilant. Mental challenges will overtake even the best of us. Physical ailments, whether heart disease, or diet-based problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., will all take their toll, too. So, get ahead of the problems, and try to avoid them. Study, learn, ask questions, be a contrarian, politely, and, in keeping with our mindset of being prepared for the end of the Keynesian experiment, under no circumstances draw attention.

For anyone I see, I tell them the following things, in no particular order, but in a manner in which I believe they are receptive to understanding, without scaring them:

(1) Get healthy. Eat better foods, eliminate fake foods, at all costs. Go Paleo. I did, for the past two years, and have never felt better.

(2) Eliminate big pharma. I take NOTHING. Not even Advil. Nothing. At. All. Nada. How can that be? Well, I do not drink alcohol. That for me was a major life choice, and one I HAD to make out of sincere moment of honesty. For me, it was an EASY choice, one I made repeatedly for many years but finally just had enough to say enough. I don't smoke, and I find no use for intoxicants at all. Since I eat Paleo, I need NO drugs of any kind for heart condition, high blood pressure, etc. I have reset all my genes, and am back to the normal, natural way of life. Good, healthy food choices are essential. It all starts there.

(3) Seek balance, in all areas: physical, mental, and spiritual. Enough said there, I hope.

(4) Seek financial security, not financial wealth. Chasing wealth to chase wealth, is deadly. Seek financial security in the form of food, shelter, family, and let the rest take care of itself. Keeping up with the Jones' only leads to shortened life expectancy.

(5) Share. I mean both physical goods, and knowledge. Develop a network, and grow the network into a group of like-minded, healthy friends and associates.

(6) Eliminate negativity. Lose the bad friends who are dragging the situation down. Stop spending time with that loser family member who is a mess. Find new friends to replace the losers. Seriously. Stop watching television. For real. One's mental health improves dramatically, almost instantly.

(7) Find an outlet for stress of modern living. Exercise, read, sit and contemplate, heck, shoot targets or steel. It matters not. Find a hobby, and dive in. An outlet is essential in this modern age. Prepping is both and outlet and a cause of stress. Find some thing else besides prepping. The more outlets one has, the less one needs to be plugged in all the time, and the less one ends up worrying. Stress decreases exponentially at first, when one finds the proper outlet. I run ultramarathons. It is very relaxing for me, but that sort of physical undertaking is not for everyone. Duh.

(8) Give back. This is different than sharing. Giving back means one does it anonymously. That is enormously enjoying, and destressing all at the same time.

(9) Stop worrying. Human beings adapted. We will continue to adapt. If shit hits the fan, we will adapt. Relax. Heck, come to my place. I will hook you up with some chores, and we will see how much energy you have left with which to worry!

(10) Find a purpose. Stop working, and instead conduct ones' self with purpose. Paying bills to support a family is purposeful. That is to be commended. But, working on a Saturday, and missing one's kid's ball game to generate a report for the boss on Monday is wasteful. Either get it done during the week, or get a new job. Work with a purpose.

Stay under the radar, acquire useful skills and materiel, and prepare accordingly.

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Spartacus Rex
Aug 14, 2014 - 3:29am
Spartacus Rex
Aug 14, 2014 - 3:52am

Too Big To Jail Banksters which Own The Fed...

have now counterfeited enough fiat currency via QE to give themselves the highest record 2Q profits in over Two Decades (40 Billion +)

Fed Cover-Up

The Fed is Helping Banks Profit

https://www.wealthdaily.com/articles/fed-cover-up/5296

Also interview @:

https://media.wrko.com/a/95498791/banks-near-record-profits-robin-sidel-...

atarangi
Aug 14, 2014 - 5:38am

I'm the kinda guy who likes to roam around

It's everybody's business to know when I'm in town, they call me the wanderer - yeah the wanderer - I roam around and around and around and around and around!

Spartacus Rex
Aug 14, 2014 - 6:13am
Spartacus Rex
Aug 14, 2014 - 6:16am
ggnewmex
Aug 14, 2014 - 6:41am

Great work Cal

Your ten points are so very true.

For me, having a relationship with the Lord and Jesus make all the difference. I understand others may not like this, however, for me, that is when my perspective changed. Now, while I still fight those "demons" of materialism, I understand so much more that leaving a lasting legacy is the only thing that matters. When I drive around and see old, abandoned houses and businesses, I cannot help but think that once there was life there. Now, it is just decay. This is so emblematic of life. Money and possessions come, and they can go so quickly.

However, it is within the context of faith, and a truly significant legacy, that peace and contentment comes.

It a person finds contentment in life, THEN, they will find happiness. Happiness is a gift.

Great article and perspective. Thank you for sharing

Greg

murphy
Aug 14, 2014 - 8:59am

RIP Robin Williams

Fantastic article by David Simon who later wrote The Wire. Here is his story of his first meeting with him from his very first Homicide segment he wrote. This is the second half..... but read the link first for the full scope of the man.

https://davidsimon.com/robin-williams-a-brief-encounter/

He smiled for just a moment, but followed the P.A. back downstairs to the set, where the grips and gaffer were still lighting. And then, suddenly, it happened. Nothing specifically to do with the dollhouse horror show, or even the fact that we were filming in a working morgue, but instead the arrival of Mr. Levinson, the executive producer, set him off. I wish I could remember the sequence, but there is no way in hell:

It began, I think, with something about Barry arriving as a mohel to circumcise the cast and crew, replete with an imitation offered up with Hasidic accent, then lurched into a string of jokes about how reluctant crew members could opt for an antemortem autopsy downstairs if they didn’t want to be so fixed by Mr. Levinson. There was a segue into all the other morbid Baltimore locales that would be featured in the episode, and all of the ghoulish degradations that would be endured by the crew, following by some savagery about the film caterer and then some banter with Mr. Belzer, who tried to hang for a few bon mots. But no, Robin Williams was firing all rockets, leaving earth’s orbit. I can’t remember all of the sparks of comic synapse, the absurd connections, the twisting journey from one punchline to the next. I have a specific recollection of him announcing Mr. Levinson’s new NBC drama as “The Pope and Judy,” a warm-hearted romp that would make everyone forget that depressing mess about murders in Baltimore: “He’s the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church; she’s an adorable puppet.”

And then a mock-Italian voice, as a pope tries to fellate a falsetto-voiced puppet — the comedian’s left hand — with a communion wafer.

You had to be there. And, yes, I know that the phrase is used to connote moments that are less humorous in retrospect, but with Mr. Williams the live-wire volatility, the no-net comic gymnastics was part of the allure. If you were there, and I was, then you could scarcely breathe from laughing so hard and so long. The crew stopped working, forming a semicircle around him. Word went down the hallway and out to the trucks. More people rushed in to catch the shooting sparks, so that the entire production came to a halt as Robin Williams, quiet for days in the role of a grieving, wounded man, finally exploded. He was soaring for at least another five minutes before Mr. Levinson gave the slightest nod to his watch: We were losing the day.

Mr. Williams caught the look from the producer and ended the impromptu routine abruptly, with an awkward smile. His breathing was labored, and he looked to be genuinely embarrassed by his demonstration as cast and crew applauded with warm delight before returning to work. But it seemed that the actor had gone there as much for his own needs as for the audience, that he had come back downstairs from the dollhouse of the dead, readied himself to shoot another painful scene of grief and guilt, and then, in manic desperation, reached out for as much human comedy as ten minutes will allow.

I last saw him in the hallway, using the few remaining minutes before filming to face the wall and reacquaint himself with whatever horror he was trying to channel. He was sweating, too, as if it had taken all he had to rise to that warm summit and provoke such laughter. To my great surprise, his face was that of an unhappy man, and I retreated, saddened and surprised by the thought.

His performance in that Homicide episode was brilliant and thorough, and when broadcast, the ratings assured that the NBC drama would run another five years. Yesterday, after the news broke, Jim Yoshimura wrote to me his sadness and reflected on the fact that he would be a starving playwright now or worse if not for Robin Williams. Me, I’d be on a newspaper copy desk somewhere. David Mills, too, would have departed this vale as something other than a dramatist. All of our lives turned because a very rare and talented man came to Baltimore for a week and a half to film a television episode.

I know it’s of little moment compared to his greater achievements, and it matters not at all now to his friends and family, to those who knew and loved Robin Williams and held him close. But I for one am deeply grateful, and today, despite myself, I can’t help but think of that last, hard moment, alone, in the morgue hallway.

Strongsidejedi
Aug 14, 2014 - 9:28am

@California Lawyer - Suggesting additional items

After seeing the wall-to-wall coverage on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC this morning of the police firing on the media in St. Louis, MO, and then going into a McDonald's to arrest two Washington Post reporters, it might be a good idea to stay away from local law enforcement wearing body armor, machine guns, flak jackets, and helmets riding in armored personnel carriers.

Apparently, if you live in an urban area where the FAA posts a no-fly zone, there might be fireworks at night and a Tiananmen style police state descending upon the civilian population.

Also, it might be a good idea to live in a nation where the federal law actually backs the right to bear arms and it might be a good idea to not suppress the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly.

It might also be a good idea to not shoot reporters trying to do a live feed, no matter if the story is going out on Fox News, Al Jazeera, BBC, or any other international news outlet.

SE
Aug 14, 2014 - 9:45am

May I suggest...

"Invading the Sacred"

https://rajivmalhotra.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Invading-the-Sacred...

It gives you an insight into what is wrong with western civilization from a religious perspective... Christians will love this.

tyberious
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:35am

Despite Obvious Fed

Despite Obvious Fed Intervention…

Jim Rickards made headlines today with an interview he did with Peter Schiff in which he claims that the gold held by the Fed is leased out several times over but is still sitting in the Fed vaults. If that’s case, Jim, then how come the Fed won’t allow a physical audit. If the Fed is going to perpetuate and legitimize a lie, at least show us the bars. Sorry Jim, you’re propagating misleading information once again (see my comments below)…

The silver uptrend holds:

The Fed and the big banks who are undeniably engaged in trying to hold down the price of gold and silver on a daily basis now, are having trouble getting silver to die. The reason: India and China have been buying physical silver hand-over-fist:

The graph above from The SRSrocco Report shows the stunning 90% drawdown of physical silver from the Shanghai Futures Exchange. I can guarantee you that the amount of silver reported as being held by the big bank depositories on the Comex is probably in a similar state of condition.

Think you own silver when you own SLV?

More on Rickards’ disinformation:

Everyone knows the market is manipulated and the U.S. gold bars are all leased out. Nothing new there. But he’s trying to make us believe the bars are still in the vaults.

Sorry, they’re not. If the bars were in the vaults, the Fed would at LEAST add “credibility” to its cover-up by releasing bona fide physical audits.

Here’s the questions I want Rickards to answer:

1) Why won’t the Fed at least allow an audit – a physical count and random assay of the bars supposedly in the vaults? It could EASILY do that without revealing whether or not the bars have been legally hypothecated/leased.

2) Germany wanted to see its gold – it requested a viewing. Supposedly Germnay’s gold is being held in 9 vaults. But German officials were only permitted to see gold in ONE vault. Why, Jim?

Please address those questions. Once again Rickards is feeding the world misleading information.

https://investmentresearchdynamics.com/despite-obvious-fed-intervention/

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